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How To Overcome Procrastination Based On Ancient Philosophy

People have been procrastinating for thousands of years. Just like you, they put things off, they delayed, they made excuses, they hoped deadlines would never come due. This caused them anxiety, it pissed their colleagues and families off, it created problems and most of all it wasted time. Twenty centuries...

Oikeiosis – Stoic Ethics and the Unbreakable Connection Between Self-Interest and the Interests of Others

By: Stephen Hanselman The Seeds Of Virtue For perception is the origin of all appropriation (oikeiosis) and alienation (allotriosis), and Zeno and his followers assert that oikeiosis (appropriation, or alliance) is the principle of justice. –Porphyry, On the Abstinence from Animal Food, 3.190 Porphyry, the great Neoplatonic philosopher writing toward the...

Stoicism Vs. Epicureanism

By: Stephen Hanselman The English language has done a great disservice to two of ancient philosophy’s greatest schools—Stoicism and Epicureanism. In the case of Stoicism, its popular meaning today suggests little more than a stiff-upper-lip, hyper-rational, emotionless automaton, not unlike the Star Trek character Mr. Spock. Similarly, Epicureanism’s popular meaning evokes a kind...

The 9 Core Stoic Beliefs

By: Stephen Hanselman [1] If You Want a Smooth Flow of Life, Live According to Nature At the core of Stoic teaching is the founder Zeno’s idea that a smooth flow of life (euroia biou) comes from “living in agreement with nature.” It was the second leader of the Stoics, Zeno’s student Cleanthes, who added the last...
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9 Common Traits In The Lives Of Stoic Leaders

By: Stephen Hanselman For I believe a good king is from the outset and by necessity a philosopher, and the philosopher is from the outset a kingly person.” — Musonius Rufus, Lectures, 8.33.32–34 Stoic ethics were grounded in rejecting the valuing of external things and focusing instead on valuing our reason...
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Who Is Junius Rusticus? An Introduction To The Philosopher King’s Teacher

Introduction Junius Rusticus was a 2nd-century Stoic philosopher. The grandson of a member of The Stoic Opposition, Rusticus must have heard story after story of those revered philosophers. And he must have been enchanted because the sense of duty that compelled his grandfather summoned Rusticus as well. He became a soldier then...
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Lives of the Stoics by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman: Book Review, Key Lessons, Best Quotes, and More

On this page, you will find: Book Review: Lives Of The Stoics Meet The Authors: Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman 5 Takeaway Lessons From Lives of the Stoics All We Control Is How We Respond Don’t Do It Alone Be The Red Thread Keep Your Head Value The Four Cardinal...

Who Is Helvidius Priscus? An Introduction To The Outspoken Senator

Introduction Helvidius Priscus was a 1st-century Stoic philosopher. He was born to a low Plebeian class family but rose to become a powerful figure in the Roman Empire. From an early age, Helvidius seemed to sense how he might transcend his humble origins. A few decades after Helvidius died, the...